Drone films the moment a huge falcon attacked it at 2,300ft

This is the moment a hungry falcon launched an attack on a drone and sent it crashing to the ground.

The dramatic attack at 2,300ft was captured on the drone’s cameras and shared by its pilot Ilya Bardysh, 32.

Footage shows the saker falcon lunge towards the remote-controlled device as it flies above a remote site on the Kamchatka peninsula in eastern Russia.

The rare bird of prey then snares the drone in its claws before bringing it back to earth. 

The rare saker falcon is shown in close-up as it swoops in on the drone flying above the Kamchatka peninsula in eastern Russia

The rare saker falcon is shown in close-up as it swoops in on the drone flying above the Kamchatka peninsula in eastern Russia

The rare saker falcon is shown in close-up as it swoops in on the drone flying above the Kamchatka peninsula in eastern Russia

The rare bird of prey makes several attempts at catching the remote-controlled device

The rare bird of prey makes several attempts at catching the remote-controlled device

The rare bird of prey makes several attempts at catching the remote-controlled device

During the clip, the falcon swoops in towards the camera and grabs it by its claws.

The bird then drops the drone on the ground and lands next to the remote-controlled device to inspect it before flying away from the scene after hearing it beep. 

Mr Bardysh, from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, described how he later found his drone using GPS coordinates from its video recorder. 

He said: ‘A falcon thief stole my drone. The falcon dragged the aircraft to a swamp, so I had to search for it using GPS coordinates from the DVR record.

‘I was descending, the height was about 700 metres.

‘I just thought, ”Wow, a bird!” and the next second I was frightened. I turned off the drone.’

‘It was lucky the bird was not wounded by the rotors,’ he added. 

The powerful bird clutches the device with its claws before bringing it back to the ground and inspecting it

The powerful bird clutches the device with its claws before bringing it back to the ground and inspecting it

The powerful bird clutches the device with its claws before bringing it back to the ground and inspecting it

Cameraman Ilya Bardysh (pictured), 32, from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, said he had to search for his drone using GPS coordinates from the DVR record

Cameraman Ilya Bardysh (pictured), 32, from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, said he had to search for his drone using GPS coordinates from the DVR record

Cameraman Ilya Bardysh (pictured), 32, from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, said he had to search for his drone using GPS coordinates from the DVR record

The footage was filmed late last year but has only emerged now.

Saker falcons are the second largest falcon species in the world after the Gyrfalcon and are often found in the semi-desert and forest regions of eastern Europe and central Asia.

The birds of prey are between 18 and 22 inches long (45–57cm) and have a wingspan of up to 50 inches (126cm).  

Their variable plumage ranges from chocolate brown to a pale sandy colour, with streaking on their breast.

The falcon, which can reach up to 200mph when in pursuit of prey, is the national bird of Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, and Mongolia. 

They are highly prized and Russia has stepped up efforts to protect them from poachers supplying Arab sheikhs.   

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